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Quick Bolt Continues AARGM Success on NAVAIR Ranges

NAVAIR News Release

Release Date: 11/20/2002

The United States European Command (USEUCOM) sponsored, U.S. Navy and Office of the Secretary of Defense funded Quick Bolt Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program successfully completed its first missile test firing last week at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) western test range complex in southern Calif.

The missile successfully identified, tracked, and guided to a high fidelity, simulated, air defense radar employing emissions shutdown tactics. The missile fuzed within the lethal radius of the warhead for the target. A Weapon Impact Assessment (WIA) transmitter system provided real time missile status, location, and target information. The WIA message was translated and injected to support battle damage assessment. Impact avoidance zones and missile impact zone logic were also demonstrated to greatly reduce the probability of fratricide and collateral damage.

All test objectives were achieved with unprecedented cooperation between multiple organizations including, USEUCOM, NAVAIR, the National Reconnaissance Office and ATK Missile Systems Company, the missile developer. This success demonstrates another step in the evolution of the High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) weapon system capabilities from suppression of enemy air defenses, toward the goal of destruction of enemy air defenses weapon.

The Quick Bolt missile is an augmentation of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) program seeker with an advanced, multi-mode seeker, combining passive anti-radiation homing and active millimeter wave sensors, along with GPS aided inertial navigation system. The new seeker is integrated on the AGM-88 HARM airframe. AARGM is designed to greatly improve the U.S. Navy's and the Department of Defense's capability to detect, locate and destroy enemy air defenses.

This successful test firing builds upon the previous successful AARGM Guided Test Vehicle and Control Test Vehicle test firings. This firing supports test objectives of the Quick Bolt ACTD military utility assessment as determined by USEUCOM.

ATK Missile Systems Company, the prime contractor, is working in a partnership with NAVAIR for the development and demonstration of the Quick Bolt ACTD while USEUCOM supports operational integration. Future test firings will further demonstrate enhanced situational awareness providing secure, multi-source, real time, off-board target and threat data to aircrews, from a miniaturized receiver.

NAVAIR provides advanced warfare technology through the efforts of a seamless, integrated, worldwide network of aviation technology experts. From professional training to carrier launch and recovery; from sensor data to precision targeting and real-time communications; from aircraft and weapons development to successful deployment and sustainment; NAVAIR provides dominant combat effects and matchless capabilities to the American warfighter.

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